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‘Step’: How the Sundance Documentary Is Emulating ‘Hidden Figures’ to Inspire Underprivileged Kids

4 August 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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Like any filmmaker, Amanda Lipitz is eager for audiences to turn out for her latest project, the Sundance award-winning documentary “Step.” But Lipitz isn’t eyeing big box office bucks or pushing to topple a rival feature; she just wants the inspirational film to get in front of the people who will be most moved by it, even if they can’t afford the price of admission.

Bolstered by similar campaigns — including a popular push for last year’s “Hidden Figures” — Lipitz and her team think they’ve figured out a way to do just that.

The film, Lipitz’s first, centers on a girls-only step team from inner city Baltimore, and chronicles their senior year as they attempt to win one last big competition, prepare for their future, and face personal hurdles. Even in January, »

- Kate Erbland

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Perry Simon Joins Vulcan Productions As Managing Director

20 March 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Veteran TV programming exec Perry Simon has joined Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions as Managing Director, overseeing development, production, distribution and digital. Simon’s primary charge is to take complex but critically important stories and tell them in a way that helps drive social change, according to Vulcan. He’ll report directly to Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director. Simon most recently served as the General Manager, Channels, for BBC Worldwide… »

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Dance Documentary ‘Step’ Gets July Release Against ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

22 February 2017 6:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has set a July 7 release for Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step” — making it the first title to go up against Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Fox Searchlight bought rights to the movie last month following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat, documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Each student is trying to become the first in their families to attend college and striving to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

Step” is a Stick Figure, Impact Partners, Vulcan, and Scott Rudin production, and produced by Lipitz and Steven Cantor. Exec producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, »

- Dave McNary

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Sundance: Dance Documentary ‘Step’ Bought by Fox Searchlight

24 January 2017 6:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution and remake rights to Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat, documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. Each student is trying to become the first in their families to attend college and striving to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

Step” will be released later this year. The film is a Stick Figure, Impact Partners, Vulcan, and Scott Rudin production, and produced by Lipitz, who also directed, and Steven Cantor. Exec producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, Barbara Dobkin, Regina K. Scully, Debra McLeod, Jay Sears, Ann Tisch, and Andrew Tisch. »

- Dave McNary

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Fox Searchlight Buys Documentary ‘Step’ For More Than $4 Million — Sundance 2017

24 January 2017 5:37 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fox Searchlight has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary “Step,” which premiered last Saturday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition section. The price tag for the deal was more than $4 million, Deadline reports.

The directorial debut for Tony Award–winning producer Amanda Lipitz, “Step” follows three high school seniors in inner-city Baltimore and their step dance team, “Lethal Ladies.” Members of the founding class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the dancers are determined to live up to their school’s founding mandate of sending every graduate to college.

Fox Searchlight also bought the remake rights to the movie, which is a co-production between Stick Figure Productions, in association with Impact Partners, Vulcan Productions and Scott Rudin Productions. The film was produced by Steven Cantor and Lipitz and executive produced by Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jeny Raskin, Scott Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, »

- Graham Winfrey

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